17-Apr-2014 - Swiss high potency active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) contractor Cerbios has broken ground on a building that will bring together its chemical and biological R&D departments.
17-Apr-2014 - Albemarle has agreed to sell its ibuprofen business to US chemical intermediates firm SI Group in a deal that will also see it divest the anaesthetic agent, propofol.
17-Apr-2014 - Comments from Novartis, Eli Lilly and Pfizer revealed that industry is taking serious issue with some aspects of the draft guidance from the US FDA on social media and promotional materials online.
16-Apr-2014 - The amines market will grow 5% over the next decade according to BASF, which cited rising drugmaker demand as a key driver for its investment in a new German plant.
16-Apr-2014 - Roche has recalled nine batches of breast cancer drug Herceptin after tampered vials were discovered in the UK, Finland and Germany.
16-Apr-2014 - Thermo Fisher has launched a pump technology designed for applications across the bioprocessing production line and usable with "all" bioprocessing tech.
15-Apr-2014 - Pfizer has reminded the creator of Viagra-flavoured ice cream that the blockbuster erectile dysfunction treatment should only be available on prescription.
15-Apr-2014 - Hovione has obtained a US patent for a cheap capsule-based dry powder inhaler that it claims is cheaper for manufacturers to produce and easier for patients to use.
15-Apr-2014 - Novartis subsidiary Alcon has opened the doors to its new $160m facility in Singapore for the manufacture of ophthalmic drugs.
15-Apr-2014 - Acura has reacquired the rights to its opioid abuse-deterrent technology from Pfizer and is looking for pharma partners to relaunch its oxycodone HCL drug Oxecta.
14-Apr-2014 - Inspecting the thousands of Chinese factories making APIs for the US market is a “hopeless task” even if the FDA gets the extra staff it wants according to a Congressional committee review.
14-Apr-2014 - Fake aspirin and anti-diarrhoeal medicines were amongst the largest counterfeit drugs haul discovered to be destined for the European Union, a French customs official says.
14-Apr-2014 - Drugmakers in the EU making changes to their manufacturing processes will have to submit additional stability data, according to a new EMA (European Medicines Agency) guideline.
14-Apr-2014 - New appointments at biopharma and equipment companies also feature in this week's column.
11-Apr-2014 - The US FDA has banned imports of drug products made at Canton Laboratories’ Baroda, India plant weeks after the plant was pulled up for data failures.
10-Apr-2014 - Roche has clashed with the authors of a report slamming the efficacy of Tamiflu, each claiming the other’s analysis of patient data is seriously flawed.
10-Apr-2014 - CMO Neuland Laboratories has opened a new manufacturing facility in Hyderabad, India as part of its collaboration with Tokyo-based API Corporation (APIC).
10-Apr-2014 - IPEC Americas has released a standardized letter and template that pharmaceutical companies can use to collect available information from their suppliers regarding elemental impurities in excipients.
10-Apr-2014 - Tamiflu shortens the duration of influenza symptoms by only half a day, does not stop person-to-person spread and increases the risk of nausea say the authors of a new review who want Governments to rethink stockpiling neuraminidase inhibitors.
09-Apr-2014 - Passing US FDA site inspections is vital to attracting international clients, a European API supplier has said.